Students, parents upset over assistant principal’s sudden suspension

New Mexico

Some parents and students at a Roswell High School are left scratching their heads, wondering why a popular assistant principal was mysteriously suspended. With no real answers, they’re frustrated.

“We feel deprived. Deprived of a principal, deprived of a good leader,” said Junior Estrada, senior class president.

Protest chants could be heard in between cheers at Roswell High’s playoff game last Friday.

“I think it’s a big loss. He was…he was the biggest supporter in this school in my mind,” said Marcus Castro, senior class treasurer.

Students who KRQE News 13 spoke to were heartbroken after they say their assistant principal Pilar Carrasco was recently put on administrative leave.

“He’s amazing. In the schools, out of the schools. In our community, he’s just there, he’s always helpful,” said Karissa Meskuita, a junior volleyball and softball player.

“Key club, student council, dance, cheer, basketball, everything — he was there, he was very supportive for everything,” Abril Ibarra, a senior cheerleader.

They say what makes it worse, is that the staff is acting like nothing happened.

“They haven’t given us one reason. He’s gone and that’s like, it,” said Castro.

On Facebook, comments echo the same, saying things like “Mr. Carrasco is all about the kids,” “Great man!!! Huge loss!!!” and “So sad what is considered a ‘big deal’ by the RISD administration and what gets swept under the rug.”

“He’s passionate, he’s a passionate man, and that’s what the students miss and as a parent, you know, that’s what we look for and that’s what we want to keep,” said Daniel Gonzalez, a parent.

Rumors continue to swirl as the mystery lingers, but the one thing students strongly believe is that it has to do with the jerseys he purchased for the rivalry game against Goddard.

They say they were Under Armour, but the school has a contract with Nike.

“If everyone were to look at the good things instead of the bad, if this is considered a bad situation, the good things would overrule it,” said Estrada.

KRQE News 13 reached out to the school board. They declined to comment, calling it a confidential personnel matter.

“We’re not done, we want to keep fighting,” said Castro.

“He should be here with us, being a proud Coyote,” said Meskuita.

“We want to bring him back. We’re going to do everything we can to bring him back,” said Ibarra.

The students say they plan to continue to bring signs to games and chant as long as they’re in the playoffs, and even plan to attend next month’s school board meeting.

This was Carrasco’s second year with the district and as an assistant principal.

Carrasco released a statement thanking the community for their support and in part saying, “At this time, I feel the situation is in the hands of the appropriate leadership and I have all the confidence in the world when they review the situation, they will make the appropriate decision.”

He wouldn’t comment on the suspension itself.

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